MA Applied Corpus Linguistics

The MA in Applied Corpus Linguistics is a flexible programme that allows you to study corpus linguistics applied to other areas of linguistics, such as language teaching and learning, translation or discourse analysis.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start date: September 2014

Details

You will complete six taught modules and a 15,000-word dissertation.

There are three core modules:

Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

This includes: the use of corpus access techniques; interpretation of corpus data; corpus-based theories of language

Research Methods in Corpus Linguistics

This usually includes statistics, use and design of programs, corpus collection and research project design. The module content is flexible to cater for the needs and interests of individual students.

Advances in Corpus Linguistics

This includes a range of topics, again reflecting students’ interests, but it usually includes: corpora in translation; cultural studies; historical studies; language teaching; and language processing.

You will also choose three optional modules that can focus on a chosen area of application, from a range which includes:

  • Business English
  • Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Describing Language
  • Discourse Culture and Communication
  • English as a Global Language
  • English for Specific/Academic Purposes
  • Genre Analysis
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Translation
  • Language and Literature
  • Language and New Media
  • Language and Politics
  • Management of Innovation
  • Media Literacy
  • Teacher Training
  • Teaching Young Learners

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are as follows:

  • Home/EU: £6,570 full-time
  • Overseas: £13,665 full-time

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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

As an English language student, you will be able to benefit from having free access to the 450 million word Bank of English corpus, and to the hardware, software and data resources held at the Centre for Corpus Research.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Support with academic writing

As a postgraduate student in the College of Arts and Law, you have access to the Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) which aims to help your transition from undergraduate to taught Masters level, or back into academia after time away. The service offers guidance on writing assignments and dissertations for your MA/MSc programme with individual support from an academic writing advisor via tutorials, email and the provision of online materials.

International students can access support through the English for International Students Unit (EISU).

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Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Over the last five years, over 95% of English postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation using the transferable skills gained in their postgraduate degree. Graduate occupations have included banking, the charity sector, education, higher education, local government, police, PR, and media.